Obama promotes trade deal in Asia

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — When President Barack Obama gathered his partners in a new trade deal to celebrate finalizing the massive accord, the group posed for a fast photo, shook some hands and got back to work.

Such is the nature of Obama's trade tour through Asia this week. Even as he marks a major milestone on the world stage, Obama is looking at a tough fight over ratification at home. No one is popping champagne corks.

Obama is urging the 11 other Pacific Rim leaders to ratify the deal as quickly as possible.

But more than any other nation, the U.S. is likely to drive the pace.

Procedural requirements are pushing the window for a vote squarely into campaign season — or perhaps even after the November election.